You tell ’em Don!

Here are two reports featured prominently today on the website of the Washington Post.  The first involves a famous man proposing to forcibly take money from others.  The second involves a famous man proposing to engage in voluntary, consensual, peaceful, and mutually advantageous exchange.

The first man will not be arrested for his offense or suspended from his job; indeed, many people will applaud him for the imaginary benefit that his proposal allegedly will bestow on society.  The second man was arrested and suspended from his job for the imaginary harm that his proposal allegedly inflicts on society.

How perverse.

22 thoughts on “You tell ’em Don!”

  1. I’m obviously with Boudreaux on this, but if he expects the majority of people – who themselves benefit from the money taken from others – to see this from his point of view then he’s shit out of luck.

    I think our greatest societal problem is honesty or the lack thereof – in this case, the failure of people to be honest about their own motives.

  2. They are stupid as well as dishonest, because they are yet to understand that there aren’t enough rich people to steal from to fund what they want, there never are and next year there would be fewer still.

    So, Mr Ordinary member of the middle classes: who will the Government loot when there are no ‘rich’ people left? You. Don’t worry, the definition of ‘rich’ can always stretch to include you.

  3. They (socialists) always have this end of term fling, don’t they?

    Rape and pillage before the reckoning.

  4. This squirrel thing takes on a sinister aspect when viewed in the light of the last entry in our genial host’s vainglory sidebar…

  5. Well, one way to look at it is to accept that we still live in a profoundly religious society. The first man is taking alms for the poor, as directed by God, and the second has committed a moral infraction that offends God.

    All we’ve done over the past century in this regard is to scribble overt references to God out of the official justifications with crayon.

    Both of the above examples are Progressivism in action. Progressivism is a religious OS with a secular shell.

  6. “You know, we could avoid all this bickering by just having tax-funded free-at-the-point-of-delivery prostitutes.”

    Maintaining the fine customer service tradition of socialism they would be shite.

  7. Maybe we could have prostitutes on the NHS. You go to a State brothel, they put you on a bed in a room, then leave you there to die of dehydration.

  8. State funded brothels: three times more expensive than private ones, no choice, filthy, open only 10am-4pm on weekdays (early closing on Weds) and, of course, illegal to attend.

  9. bloke (not) in spain

    “Maybe we could have prostitutes on the NHS. You go to a State brothel, they put you on a bed in a room, then leave you there to die of dehydration.”

    Having spent today having a great deal of interaction with the UK’s NHS (Envy of the World©) I’d say the bed’s a possible maybe. The rest would be the duty of care of the client themselves, the client’s family or any passing stranger. But not, definitely NOT, the responsibility of the service or ANY employees of the service. DESPITE any impressions you might have been lead to believe by job title, anything their colleagues might have suggested or department indicated on door.
    So basically, it’d be down to your Mum, sister or take care of the problem yourself.
    Oh & please do NOT SMOKE on or near the premises AT ANY TIME.

  10. It will soon be a natural progression of the idea of moral failure. (ie it is your fault)
    1.Having a lot of money will be a moral fault as you got it at the expense of others.
    2. Being ill will be a moral fault – not enough exercise and eating wrong.
    3. Not recognising your duty to support the state in all matters – the state is there as a benefit.
    4. Women are always right. The above rules therefore do not apply to them.

  11. The logical conclusion being that by 2025, the NHS will have entirely morphed into a maternity service for middle class women, since everyone else will have been excluded as either undeserving poor or undeserving rich.

  12. It will be interesting to see where Obama proposes to set the thresholds, because I understood that Obama (like Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and Milliband) was not himself short of spondoolicks.

  13. “I think our greatest societal problem is honesty or the lack thereof – in this case, the failure of people to be honest about their own motives.”

    Hence the unmitigated disaster that is Western democracy. It might honestly be better if a single family of corrupt looters was still in charge. At least they wouldn’t have the means to envy and demand the destruction everyone else, all together at the same time.

  14. “The logical conclusion being that by 2025, the NHS will have entirely morphed into a maternity service for middle class women, since everyone else will have been excluded as either undeserving poor or undeserving rich.”

    More likely it will be the most enormous, inefficient and cruel care home ever devised. The dying boomer generation that ruined the country will demand all the more NHS as their number declines and the painful reality becomes more obvious. I hope the rest of us have the courage just to let the wheels fall off before the old cunts drive the whole country over the edge as a kind of NHS run funeral pyre.

  15. “one way to look at it is to accept that we still live in a profoundly religious society”

    Agree, moral panic and conscientious avoidance of evidence is the default.

  16. Ian B,

    There’s been polling done and most people in the UK are against criminalising it (72%). America seems to be generally far more uptight about these things than we are, though.

  17. Stigler,

    > most people in the UK are against criminalising it

    Sadly not most people in Stormont. You think Westminster’s bad? Our political class make Milliband look like Disraeli.

  18. S2,

    It’s not just your political class. There’s overwhelming public support in Northern Ireland as well.

    It’ll make very little difference, though. Escort agencies will move to another country, people will use internet services based in other countries to find reliable suppliers. People who want to trade with each other rapidly adapt to how to defeat law enforcement.

  19. “..It’ll make very little difference, though.”

    As the Squaddie said when sentenced to six months for having sex in a shop doorway in a town in Yorkshire said: “You’ll never stop fookin’ in Bradford.”

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